Thursday, May 26, 2005

FBI, here we come...

We are once again so impressed by the St. Louis INS office! Our HS was turned in last Friday around 11am, and in the Tuesday mail was our fingerprinting appointment! Our official appointment is Friday, June 1, but we are unable to go then, so we will be fingerprinted first thing in the morning on Wednesday, June 8. If the St. Louis INS office keeps up this pace, we'll be in Ukraine before the end of the summer! (that's mostly a joke--we're still planning on traveling in December, for a number of reasons, including our schedules, availability of appointments at the NAC, and flight options...don't want to scare anyone. ;) )

We have been making progress on turning our second bedroom into a second bedroom. I realize that statement only makes sense if you have seen the second bedroom, which has been a mess for quite a while. Originally it was the office, and so we have had to move the filing cabinet and computer into our bedroom. Somehow it didn't seem like a good idea to leave the computer in the toddlers' bedroom... :) So now the second bedroom has what will be the changing table, two twin mattresses, a dresser, a bookcase, and a chaise lounge that will be moving as soon as we can figure out where to put it--somewhere in the living room. We have lots of room but it's hard to decide how best to use it! It's exciting to see the room actually begin to take shape and realize that this will be our children's room.

7 comments:

Diane said...

I'm gonna be an AUNT...again. Hey, do any of the children know any English or do you guys speak Ukranian or what?

Mark and Courtney said...

Well, actually, no on both counts. :) We learned a little Russian before we went last time, and we'll be learning some more before we go again. The kids will learn English much faster than we can ever hope to learn Russian, although we would love for them to speak both. (note: Ukraine, being a former USSR state, speaks both Russian and Ukrainian, which are similar but not the same. You can usually get by pretty well with Russian, as most people understand and speak at least some Russian.)

Anonymous said...

Guess this means I need to get busy planning good grandma spoilings. You two are very special. Love Mom

Gary & Pat said...

Just a quick note, mostly to see if I fugured out how this thing works. My first experience with a Blog. Good to hear that you guy are making progress. By the way toddlers do quite well with computers. I sounds like things are progressing at least as well as can be expected. If only the FBI can play along.

This is great to read, keep it up.

Anonymous said...

The second bedroom is in a beautiful loft apartment...

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God Bless,
Michael Wetzel

Pat the Bone said...

You know, I've never seen the second bedroom, but that still made perfect sense to me. Once you get the work done you really should post before and after pics up here. I'd love to see how the house is coming together as you go.

jeanie said...

Hi Courtney & Mark! I hadn't checked the blog for awhile and even though Courtney & I IM often, it is really great to read about all the details of the preparation for my grandchild(ren). Still haven't heard about the mission trip :( Love you both. Mom